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Saga Volume 3

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Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

As new parents Marko and Alana travel to an alien world to visit their hero, the family’s pursuers finally close in on their targets.

Still absolutely loving this series! Really can’t say much without spoiling the story but seriously if you are considering picking this up DO IT! So worth it!

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Batman The Man Who Laughs

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Batman The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker (Writer) and Doug Mahnke (Illustrator)

A mysterious homicidal maniac is murdering prominent citizens of Gotham City, each time leaving a ghastly grin on the victims’ lifeless faces. Batman soon tracks down the killer: The Joker! This volume gives readers new insight into the early encounters between Batman and The Joker that led the Clown Prince of Crime down the path to insanity. 

This book is split into 2 stories – The Man who Laughs and Made of Wood.

The Man Who Laughs looks at the Joker’s first crimes against Gotham. I love this. It was great – seeing the interaction between Batman and The Joker was great. The art work in this is great and the Joker is terrifying.

Made of Wood focuses on the story of a serial killer which has resurfaced from the 1940s. Green Lantern makes an appearance and helps Batman track down the killer.

This was good, not my favourite Batman story. Gordon has retired so it was strange to go from a story of him being Captain to then being retried within the same book.

I don’t really know why these stories were published together.

The Man Who Laughs is great and essential for a look at The Joker’s beginning.

Made of Wood was just okay and really it was more about Green Lantern, which wasn’t bad but I do prefer Batman.

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Saga Volume 2

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Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

Everything I loved about the first book continues into this volume!

The art is great, the humour is brilliant, I really like Izabel who is hilarious. So the grandparents of Hazel are introduced and they are both great in their own way. This book brought out all the feels and I liked that even though it is sci-fi and a bit insane it still had emotional elements.

Moving onto volume 3 today!

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Kick-Ass 2 Prelude Hit Girl

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Kick-Ass 2 Prelude Hit Girl by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr

Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked saga! Mindy tries to settle down as a regular schoolgirl, but really wants to be dispensing justice to the scum of New York. She takes Kick-Ass on as her sidekick, and, in return,he is helping her to survive school – without spilling anyone’s blood. But when Kick-Ass gets benched, leaving her to face the mafia solo, even Hit-Girl may be in over her head.

This might be my favourite in the Kick Ass series so far. I absolutely love Hit Girl and this was all focused on her.

Its violent and gory and everything the other Kick Ass books are but this had more of an emotional story as well. Mindy tries to fit in at school so it becomes a coming of ages story and her concern for her mum is sincere.

I absolutely loved this and would recommend the series to anyone either graphic novel fanatics or someone who has never read one, they are just brilliant!

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Kick-Ass 2

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Kick-Ass 2  by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. 

 As everybody’s favorite psychotic 11-year-old HIT GIRL trains KICK-ASS to be…well, a bad-ass, RED MIST gathers a team of super-villains to take them down!

I thought this was great! It has the same ideas as the first Kick-Ass but it’s more violent and has a higher body count.

This is different to the film, some sections are more brutal and there are a lot of differences. I still love Hit Girl, especially at the end fight. This was great because there is an emotional story going on with Hit Girl as well as the action packed story of Justice Forever.

Next I am reading the Hit Girl Prelude (which I apparently should have read before this one but oh well) and then Kick-Ass 3 is coming out in August which I can’t wait for!

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Kick-Ass

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Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. 

Dave Lizewski is just an ordinary American teenager; he has a MySpace page, loves comic books, and is unable to find a girlfriend. Then an idea hits him: why not become a real life super hero? His life will never be the same again…

I love the film Kick-Ass so bought this a while back but never got round to reading it but now I seem to in a graphic novel mood.

I absolutely loved this! It’s funny and violent and just brilliant.

Dave decides to be a super hero and from there on it’s just chaos. I love Hit Girl, she’s just a bad ass!

Big Daddy, I prefer the film version I think. He’s okay in the graphic novel, but at the end I didn’t like the change in character.

Overall though, this was Brilliant and I am immediately starting Kick-Ass 2!

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Batman: The Killing Joke

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Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (Writer) and Brian Bolland (Artist)

For the first time the Joker’s origin is revealed in this tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point and go mad, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. 

After shooting and permanently paralyzing his daughter Barbara (a.k.a. Batgirl), the Joker kidnaps the commissioner and attacks his mind in hopes of breaking the man. 

But refusing to give up, Gordon maintains his sanity with the help of Batman in an effort to beset the madman

This shows the relationship between Batman and The Joker really well and provides some insight into The Jokers origins.

The Joker has escaped and is on the rampage. His method of revenge is twisted and generally this is quite a violent book.  I wasn’t really a fan of the fairground events, I think because I really like Jim Gordon and felt sorry for him.

The flashbacks to the Joker’s past were great, finding out his origins were really a man who tried his best for his family before it all went horribly wrong make you feel sympathy for him, until it returns to the present and he is up to his next diabolical deed. This book shows both Batman and the Joker are victims of events beyond their control and now must live with the consequences.

Overall I l preferred the writing, art style and events of Batman: Year One.